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Category Manager

Stafford, TX 77477

Posted: 12/13/2022 Employment Type: Direct Hire Industry: Retail/Wholesale Job Number: 17763 Pay Rate: 95,000

Job Description

Category Manager
Our client in Fort Bend County, TX has an immediate opening for a Category Manager on a direct hire basis.

Company Profile:
Supports independently owned and operated stores
Provides professional and commercial support
Strong community supporter

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Category Manager:
The Category Manager plans, sources, selects, and purchases products for their assigned categories. They must understand consumer needs and current retail trends. The ideal candidate has experience in category management, strategic sourcing, buying, procurement, contract management, and vendor relationship management.
Develop and maintain relationship with vendors and suppliers to promote fair dealing.
Procurement of new and existing products while maintain inventory levels and turns.
Create and develop long term plans and strategy for their product lines.
Analyze category product data regarding trends and consumer needs.
Forecast market trends to ensure availability of products.
Good product and procurement negotiation skills to secure competitive prices.
Evaluate supplier options regarding price, quality, terms, and support.
Work closely with wholesale procurement team.
Ensure the timely delivery of products and compliance with the contracts of purchase.
Subject matter expert both internally and externally with regards to their categories.
Responsible for the financial performance of their categories.
Manage new and discontinued items process.
Ability to analyze, improve and re-evaluate procurement processes continuously.
Understanding of effective communication concepts, tools, and techniques.
Supervise, train, coach, and mentor staff of 2-3 buyers.

Category Manager:
Degree in Business Management, Marketing or related field and five or more years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of retail/wholesale experience and/or higher education preferred.
Experience with CPG, contract manufacturing, and/or private label a plus.
Excellent organizational skills.
Demonstrable aptitude in effective negotiating.
Understands and abides with purchasing best practices.
Proficiency in ERP software.
Experience with SAP, Oracle, or any other ERP system: PowerBI, or any additional tools.

Features and Benefits:
Medical and Prescription drug coverage
Vision and Dental
Paid Time Off

Frontline Source Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship. The client cannot sponsor any visas.

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Job Requirements

Category Manager, Category Buyer, Senior Buyer

Meet Your Recruiter

Mike Cook

Mike Cook is a specialized grocery retail recruiter for Frontline Source Group. With more than 35+ years in the grocery retail industry, Mike started as a part-time courtesy clerk. He worked his way up to serve in-store leadership positions with both traditional and specialty food formats. Including Brookshire Grocery Company and Central Market/H-E-B. Beyond store operations, his expertise lies in hiring, training, and developing company leaders.

Throughout his career, Mike has placed an emphasis on professional development and continuing education. He was in the charter class of Brookshire University, graduating as salutatorian. He also has earned certificates of proficiency in management specialized leadership and retail management from Tyler Junior College. The later certification was in collaboration with the Western Association of Food Chains. And, he has received numerous awards and accolades for customer service and leadership.

Mike has a passion for community service, having served as a board member for the Bear Creek Specialty Utility District (formerly Lavon Water Supply Corporation) from 2007-2013; Community Independent School District board trustee from 2013-2017; and currently as Lavon City Councilman, Place 2 since 2017.

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